RIP Bill Taggart - Mountain Buzz

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Old 12-18-2008   #1
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RIP Bill Taggart

Bill Taggart of WHPacific, Inc. suffered a heart attack while driving and died at St Anthonyís hospital on December 16. Bill was a senior engineer with over 40 years of professional experience. His legacy of experience includes numerous landmark and award-winning projects, notably co-authoring the first Denver Urban Drainage Criteria Manual, completion of the Confluence Park project in 1974 (the first urban in-stream whitewater boating facility in the country), the water features at the Denver Botanic Gardens, pioneered the design and use of grouted boulders for drop structures and channel stabilization, and many other projects that set the standard for drainage and flood control design in the Denver Metro Area and nationwide.

This is a great loss with his all-too-soon departure, and he will be greatly missed.

Services have been scheduled for this Sunday 12/21 at 1pm at the Denver Botanic Gardens.

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Old 12-18-2008   #2
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Rest in peace Bill.
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Old 12-21-2008   #3
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Most people probably do not know this:

Bill Taggart is THE GODFATHER OF WHITEWATER PARKS. Both Rick McLaughlin and Gary Lacy were somewhat mentored by Bill Taggart. He also did a lot of the initial engineering of the first in-stream recreational structures, before him you just put a low head dam in. With the people mentored by the people mentored by him, that puts pretty much every WW park engineer somewhat under the Taggert tree. So you have that guy to thank for about all WW parks in the state. Pretty neat factoid.
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